Learner Drivers will have a chance to gain a qualification at school that will count towards the driving test. This new qualification will be rolled out around the UK over the next two years.
As part of the new qualification, which is open to 14 to 17 year olds, pupils will be taught about how to behave on the roads.
The new qualification is part of a government shake – up to make young people safer drivers.
The lessons will cover everything from the dangers of drink – driving to how to check your tyre pressure.
The three – month, pre – drive qualification course is optional, but if you pass you’ll only have to do a short version of the current theory test.
On top of the pre – qualification course, other changes include a new section in the practical driving test where candidates will choose their own route without being directed by the driving examiner.
There are also recommendations to lower the speed limits in areas where there’s a greater risk of accidents, like around schools.
Simon Bush of Britannia Driving School said: “More than a thousand young people are killed or seriously injured on the road every year and many of those have accidents within the first six months of passing their driving test. Anything that the Driving Standards Agency does to reduce this carnage is welcome.”
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